Just like many of us, the royals are working from home! On March 20, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has demonstrated how he is doing his part to show support during the coronavirus pandemic while self-isolating. The Danish Royal held a digital meeting with members of the Red Cross. Thanks, FaceTime!
The heir to the Danish throne shared an Instagram post his meeting on March 20. Royals fans will surely appreciate seeing the post, which definitely keeps us optimistic that things are carrying on even as many of us have socially distanced ourselves from others, are working from home or self-isolating or perhaps even been quarantined or are in lockdown.
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Jeg har i dag gennem FaceTime været på besøg hos Røde Kors, der har etableret et væsentligt beredskab for at hjælpe danskere, der er berørt af corona. Enten fordi de har spørgsmål eller har brug for hjælp til at handle, hente pakker eller medicin på apoteket. Jeg har mødt de frivillige, der i et callcenter besvarer og hjælper folk, der har spørgsmål om corona. Jeg har også mødt frivillige, der i et hjælpecenter sørger for at få matchet folk, der gerne vil hjælpe andre, der har brug for hjælp. Som dansker er jeg stolt over det store samfundssind, der udvises for tiden. Over 11.500 har meldt sig som frivillige hos Røde Kors. Så hvis man har brug for hjælp og ikke selv kan komme ud, er der hjælp at hente. Røde Kors hjælper, så vi fortsat kan passe på hinanden ved at blive hjemme, men uden at miste kontakten til hinanden. Det er også grunden til, at jeg i dag ikke har besøgt Røde Kors fysisk, men digitalt. #sammenhverforsig Fotos af H.K.H. Prins Christian og Jacob Dall, Røde Kors©️
"Today, through FaceTime, I have visited the Red Cross, which has established a significant preparedness to help Danes affected by corona," the post, which was originally written in Danish, read. "Either because they have questions or need help shopping, picking up packages or medication at the pharmacy."
Frederik detailed how spoke with hard-working volunteers from call centres and help centres, and said he was touched by the love and compassion shown in the community.
"I met the call-centre volunteers who answer and help people who have questions about coronavirus," he wrote. "I also met volunteers who help out in a help centre to match people who want to help others who need help.
"As a Dane, I am proud of the great sense of community that is being displayed today. Over 11,500 have volunteered at the Red Cross. So if you need help and can't get out yourself, help is available.
"The Red Cross helps so that we can continue to look after each other by staying home, but without losing touch. This is also why I have not visited the Red Cross physically, but digitally."
In the Instagram post, Frederik also shared photos of his virtual meeting. Two images show him at home in self-quarantine, in what appears to his office. The other photos are from the Red Cross. They capture a volunteer bringing the iPad to fellow staffers to communicate with the Danish prince via FaceTime.
The images of Frederik were credited to his and Crown Princess Mary's son, 14-year-old Prince Christian! The teenager, who is second in the line of succession to the Danish throne, clearly wants to be involved with the battle against COVID-19. And it is great to see him supporting his father and become a budding shutterbuas they stay at home.
It was confirmed in a statement from the royals on March 12 that Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik pulled Prince Christian, along with his siblings Princess Isabella, 12, and nine-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, out of Lemania-Verbier International School in Switzerland due to the coronavirus outbreak. The family reunited in Denmark just before the country closed its borders over COVID-19.
Frederik's digital meeting comes after his mother, Queen Margrethe II, made a rare speech discussing the coronavirus pandemic on March 18. The 79-year-old has rarely addressed the nation, with the exception of her traditional New Year's Eve speech.
In the video, which was shared on Instagram, the monarch urged Danes to stay inside and practice social distancing in an effort to cut the spread of COVID-19.
As of this writing, the World Health Organization reports there have been more than 209,000 cases of coronavirus in 168 countries. Canada has 846 of those cases, according to Health Canada. As of March 20, Denmark had 1,044 of the WHO's reported COVID-19 cases.